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  • 5.0/5.0

    Working with Valerie was great. She was very knowledgeable about the laws surrounding my case and extremely professional. She made the process manageable and was very trustworthy.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    We worked with Valerie Cole and she was exceptional. She has a unique way as an attorney of being thoughtful, and yet very direct and to the point. She doesn't swing up and down, always calm and professional. She sees the big picture and it...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Hillary C. Aizenman is an awesome attorney. She always returned my calls and emails quickly. Her wages were clear from the beginning and she is very honest and has integrity. She got good results for me!

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    I need an attorney really bad, so I called Polansky Law Firm not only did I win my case. But she explained the court procedure to me step-by-step I am so happy I picked this Law Firm. Thank you Cayce

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Lisa Polansky is a terrific criminal defense attorney who brings great knowledge and experience to the job as a result of handling countless, difficult cases, both in California and in Colorado. As a Colorado lawyer, I know that Lisa is hi...
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Valerie L. Cole is Lead Trial Attorney at Polansky Law Firm.  Valerie is a criminal defense specialist who, for over a decade, has consistently achieved positive results for her clients.  She is a former Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade, Florida and a Deputy Public Defender in both the Montrose and Denver Trial Offices of the Colorado State Public Defender.  Valerie has assisted thousands of people accused of crimes preserve their dignity and freedom against a wide range of criminal allegations including homicide, assaults, sexual assaults, weapons offenses, property crimes and drug and alcohol-related crimes.

Valerie has also represented clients in a variety of appellate matters including postconviction work including reconsideration of sentences and litigation of postconviction claims.

Valerie's practice focuses on serious felonies and complex litigation.  She also serves as a mentor to less experienced associates.      


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Nebraska Omaha, B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, 2005 
    • Major: Business Management and Personnel Management Minor: Speech Communication

State Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2010
  • Colorado, 2012
  • United States District Court, 2022

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Florida Criminal Defense Performance Guidelines Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Hogan Lovells Crosstown Cup Mock Trial Judge 2018
  • DU Law Student Professional Mentor 2016-present

Representative Cases

Acquittal in Sexual Assault with Force-Threat of Harm 

Acquittal in Burglary, Strong Arm Robbery and Criminal Mischief 

Acquittal on Self-Defense claim in case of Assault with Deadly Weapon, Crime of Violence

Dismissal after Jury Selection in case of Trespass of a Dwelling

Acquittal in Juvenile Felony Trespass, Guilty on Misdemeanor Petit Theft